May 29, 2019

Ferrell to Lead SAH as New Dean

Professor and new SAH Dean Lori Anne Ferrell
AT THE PODIUM: New SAH Dean Lori Anne Ferrell seen here presenting the winners of the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at the Huntington Library & Gardens in 2018.

With the forthcoming departure of Mormon scholar and School of the Arts & Humanities (SAH) Dean Patrick Mason to the University of Utah, Professor Lori Anne Ferrell will lead SAH as its new dean, according to an announcement made earlier this month by Provost Patricia Easton.

Ferrell “brings a distinguished scholarly career in the humanities and a wealth of national and international experience to this role,” Easton said. “She joins us at an important moment of transformation of the school.”

An acclaimed critic, scholar, and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Ferrell is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. She succeeds Mason at a significant time as SAH prepares for an expansion of programming in the Applied and Public Humanities and an upcoming decennial review of the Arts.

The author of The Bible and the People and editor of Sermons Delivered at Saint Paul’s Cathedral, 1623-1625, Volume 11 of The Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne, among other works, Ferrell directs the university’s Early Modern Studies Program and the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

In a Publishers Weekly review of The Bible and the People, Ferrell was praised for recognizing “this text’s crucial place in the evolution of Anglo-American Christianity and in the hearts of Christians.”

Ferrell has been a member of the CGU faculty since 2004, and from 1991-2004 held a joint faculty position at the Claremont School of Theology and CGU’s Religion Department. She has served as chair of the English Department as well as having participated in the university’s archeological dig at Akko, Israel.

Her other additional scholarly appointments include residential fellowships at several Cambridge and Oxford University colleges and at the Folger Shakespeare, Newberry, and Huntington Libraries.

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